Postpartum Depression



Personaland Medical History

Mary, a 30-year-old mother, is married and has three children. She isliving with her husband and in-laws. She had given birth to the thirdchild two months prior. Her pregnancy and labor were uneventful andwas not subjected to any antenatal or postnatal care. For about oneand half months, Mary felt normal but began exhibiting unusualbehavior on the second month after the birth. She was repulsive andstopped speaking to the family members at home. She lost interest inactivities she was passionate doing. She stopped providing care toher children. She complained of restlessness and lack of sleep.

DrugTherapy, Treatment and Follow-up Care

Psychotherapy is appropriate as the first line of intervention (TheAmerican College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 2010). The use ofantidepressants would help deal with the depression. Mary has tovisit the clinic after a period of two weeks for follow-up care. Itwould help assess her condition following psychotherapy and use ofantidepressants. Further, arrangements be made so that she can join asupport group to help her learn appropriate ways of managing thecondition. Health education is essential in educating her how to copewith the present condition of taking care of a newborn (U.S.Department of Health and Human Services, 2009)


Mary’s actions could hurt the well-being of the family. Forexample, she stopped providing care to the children, a move thatcould affect their development. Furthermore, her restlessness andlack of sleep could subject the husband to a distressful condition.The depression could result in loss of a connection between her andthe rest of the family members (Dennis, &amp Dowswell, 2013). Womenare suffering from postpartum depression experience challenges inbuilding a mutual relationship with the infant.

Reflection on Case Study

A different approach toward addressing the case study would entailinvolving thee immediate family members to help Mary overcome thedepression. The support and reassurance from the husband would beinstrumental in facilitating the recovery of the patient. Further,the patient can be encouraged to set aside time for herself and reachout to friends for support as she grapples with the condition. Thedifferent approach would be instrumental in help the patient recoverfrom the condition and cope with motherhood.


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